Friday, February 10, 2012

Open Online Classes

This post contains a list of online (mainly through audio or video) classes that readers of this blog may be interested in. The list certainly isn’t exhaustive, so suggestions are welcome.

Those who follow these courses as they progress online will have the chance to participate in class quizzes, exams and a Q&A forum with teaching staff. Available courses commencing this month include:

- Scott E. Page (University of Michigan) - Model Thinking
- Matthew O. Jackson and Yoav Shoham (both Stanford) - Game Theory
- Daphne Koller (Stanford) - Probabilistic Graphical Models

MIT OpenCourseWare
MIT were one of the early movers in terms of putting content online, with content available for a wide range of subjects. The economics department has lecture notes, assignments and exams at last partially available for almost every module, however there is no multimedia content as of yet. The mathematics department does have multimedia content for some modules.

Open Michigan
Most of the content here is in pdf and PowerPoint format. Courses of interest in the School of Information may include game theory and information economics. The School of Public Policy also has a small number of courses available.

UC Berkeley
Berkeley’s school of economics has a wide range of course available, mostly through iTunes U but with some on YouTube. There are also resources in psychology and statistics.

Carnegie Mellon University has two basic statistics classes with materials including instructions for following the course with Excel, Minitab, R or a TI calculator.

John Hopkins Bloomberg School for Public Health provides access to content for some courses.

There is also much more content available from iTunes U.


Yale has a small number of economics and psychology courses online. Harvard Justice classes apply political philosophy to current issues such as bank bailouts and inequality. The Charlie Rose Brain Series interviews scientists and researchers to examine different subjects of the brain. (h/t to Graeme Walsh for those)


Liam Delaney said...

great, thanks Daniel. Hopefully others with suggestions. can use this post to udpate.

Kevin Denny said...

I have looked at the initial Scott Page ones - very good- and am hoping to follow the course.

Enda Hargaden said...

Hehe, you can almost see my house in that photo of the School of Public Policy.


Liam Delaney said...

A touch of the Sarah Palins there Enda

Anonymous said...

YouTube Education is a good link to follow too:

The university section leads to a number of courses.

Unknown said...

Hello, I suggest you to consider the following courses:
1. A beginner's guide to irrational behavior (Dan Ariely, Coursera)
2. Introduction to Neuroeconomics: how the brain makes decisions (Vasily Klucharev, Coursera)
3. The mind is flat: the Shocking Shallowness of Human Psychology (Nick Chater, FutureLearn)
4. Behavioral Economics ins Action (Dilip Soman, edX)